The following blog post was originally published on 11/13/17, but updated on 11/27/19 for added value.
We’re officially in prime holiday season. And while the holidays are often a blast - or rather we should say, because the holidays are often a blast - we tend to get a little distracted at work. It’s hard not to when you’re party planning, shopping for gifts, daydreaming about your upcoming vacation time, and all that fun stuff.
But...work still has to get done. So, to help you stay focused and productive at the office (so that you can thoroughly enjoy your time outside the office), here are a few tips:
1. Get organized
First and foremost, when heading into the busy month of December, you need to have a plan. Start by making a list of all the tasks that have to get done - and list them in order of importance. Now it’s really important to be realistic here. There may be a lot of things you WANT to get done (and perhaps that’s a separate list), but focus on the “have-to’s” first.
Tip: If possible, try to avoid multitasking. (I know, I know. WAY easier said than done.) But do your best to work on your tasks one at a time - starting from the top of your list and working your way down. Not only will this help keep you focused, but you’ll feel better about your progress as you go. (Three completed tasks feels better than five half-completed tasks!)
2. Plan ahead (for when the holiday distractions REALLY set in)
The closer we get to Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Eve, etc., the crazier things tend to get. And subsequently, the antsier we tend to feel. We’re ready for a few days off - to spend time with family and friends and to engage in some of our favorite traditions. (Nothing wrong with that!)
But just plan for that. You already know December is going to be crazy, so if possible, try doubling up on some of your work now. I know, the thought of actually doing that seems, well, not fun...and also a little stressful. But if you are able to do it, you’ll be grateful you did down the road.
3. Keep work AT work
Like we mentioned, there’s much to be done during the holiday season. You have parties to plan (and attend), goodies to bake, shopping to do, etc. And knowing you have so much to do can often impede your productivity at work.
That said, make a solid effort to keep work AT work. Reserve your time outside of the office to get some of those important (and also fun) tasks done. The more you can knock out outside of the office, the less you’ll have to worry about while IN the office.
4. Embrace some holiday cheer
Sure, staying focused and productive at work is important, but give yourself some time to enjoy the holidays as well. This season only comes once a year! Why not play a little holiday music on Spotify? Or mingle with your coworkers for a little bit over a few fresh gingersnap cookies? You could even put some up holiday decor! (Maybe a table-top Christmas tree and/or a small advent calendar?) A little bit of holiday cheer never hurt anyone. (And hey, it may even spark some inspiration!)
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